Dates: September 28 – October 1, 2022
Location: Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB), Spain & Online at VirtuOz
Innovation & Creativity
Virtual Format: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIOP Congress shifted to a virtual format for the 2020 and 2021 editions and incorporated it in a virtual format in 2022. This allowed greater accessibility and inclusivity for participants from all over the world, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the event. A mobile app was also developed to keep the attendees informed at all times.
Interactive Features: The SIOP Congress has incorporated various interactive features, such as live polling, Q&A sessions, and virtual networking events, to enhance the learning experience and foster engagement. These features allow participants to interact with speakers, moderators, and other attendees in real-time, promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Patient and Family Involvement: The SIOP Congress recognizes the critical role of patients and families in the care of children with cancer. As such, the congress has included patient and family advocates as speakers and panelists, and has organized sessions specifically focused on survivorship and supportive care. This inclusion allows for a more comprehensive approach to pediatric oncology, recognizing the importance of the patient’s voice in the conversation.
Global Reach: The SIOP Congress attracts participants from all over the world, reflecting the global nature of pediatric oncology. The congress has made an effort to showcase research and initiatives from low- and middle-income countries, recognizing the unique challenges faced by these regions and the importance of equity in cancer care.
Multidisciplinary Approach: The SIOP Congress brings together experts from a range of disciplines, including medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, nursing, psychology, and social work, among others. This multidisciplinary approach promotes collaboration and innovation, recognizing the complexity of caring for children with cancer and the importance of a team-based approach.
Multicultural integration: through the involvement of the attendees in onsite activities such as the discussion wall where they are encouraged to share messages in their own language, and online activities such as Twitter Take-over, the SIOP fostered a multicultural approach to the Congress.
Objectives, Planning & Execution
The SIOP congress is the premier annual event for paediatric oncologists and other healthcare professionals who care for children with cancer.
The hybrid congress featured a wide range of educational and scientific sessions, including keynote lectures, plenary sessions, symposia, and workshops. Over 3,000 attendees from around the world participated in the congress, making it one of the largest and most successful SIOP congresses to date.
The theme of the congress was “No child should die of cancer: cure for more, care for all”. The program covered a broad range of topics, including cancer biology, clinical trials, supportive care, survivorship, and advocacy.
The virtual format of the congress allowed for greater accessibility and inclusivity, with participants from over 100 countries attending. The organizers also utilized innovative technologies and interactive features, such as live polling, Q&A sessions, and virtual networking events, to enhance the learning experience and foster engagement. The sessions were available to watch until January 31, 2023 for all registered participants.
Overall, the SIOP congress 2022 was a highly successful and impactful event, bringing together the global paediatric oncology community to advance the field and improve outcomes for children with cancer.
Effectiveness & Results
3,410 total participants
2,541 in person 869 online
North America 71.5%
Western Europe 11.5%
Central and South America 6%
East Asia and Pacific 5.5%%
Middle East 3%
Eastern Europe 2%
120+ sessions and events
8 Keynote lectures
1,772 abstract submissions
20,318 online community
772 posters onsite
993 E-Posters in Virtual Gallery (221 only virtual)
262 Free Paper Presentations
22 booths, 4 industry symposia, 3 meeting rooms sold for 4 days
From SIOP Congress participants surveyed
95 % described the Congress content as high-quality and evidence-based
95 % agreed that the quality of the speakers/faculty was excellent
96 % agreed that participating in SIOP improved their professional competencies
96 % would recommend the SIOP Congress to their colleagues
98 % would attend a SIOP Congress